I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job. I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m rather risk averse by nature — but I find myself genuinely concerned when a guy goes from a low profile, lifer kind of job to a top spot like manager, and then gets fired. Where do they go after that? What do they do? When is someone going to give them a coaching gig? Questioned answered for Dave Trembley:
Five months after being fired by the Orioles, former manager and baseball lifer Dave Trembley has landed the minor league field coordinator position with the Atlanta Braves, according to an industry source. He is also expected to supervise the instruction of coaches and players throughout the Braves organization.
My concern is probably terribly condescending to Trembley and guys like him. They’re big boys. They have connections and competencies and, for the most part, they land just fine so who am I to worry about them? But I do, and I get a bit of odd joy when I see nice people, as Trembley is purported to be, get back to coaching land after leaving a manager’s job.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.